Gillett considers moving 2019 graduation date

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Superintendent proposes calendar that also eliminates spring break

The preliminary calendar for the Gillett School District’s 2018-19 academic year would change the tradition of having high school graduation on Memorial Day weekend.

Superintendent Todd Carlson presented the proposed calendar to the school board Thursday, suggesting that the Class of 2019 hold its commencement exercises on June 2, rather than a week earlier on May 26, which would be the customary date.

“You look at the number of days that there are yet that seniors would be missing — we have a lot of classes where juniors and seniors attend together. And all of a sudden, when those seniors are gone, it’s almost like we’re closing school down a little bit early,” Carlson said. The rest of the students would wrap up their academic year during the second week of June.

The proposed calendar also does not include a spring break because of next year’s late Easter, which will be April 21, 2019.

Carlson said he didn’t feel the 2018-19 academic year “is very conducive to any type of spring break, because you don’t want to end too far into June.”

The school board will review the proposed calendar and make a final decision in February or March. Carlson said so far the staff’s response to the calendar has been “fairly positive.”

Any decision would not affect this year’s graduation, which is scheduled for May 27.